Changes to polling stations for small number of voters

Changes to polling stations for small number of voters

Established polling stations become unavailable for all sorts of reasons and the city council’s Electoral Services team leaps into action to find a suitable alternative.

Those who are unable to get to the replacement venue can apply for a postal vote.

The changes this time around include:

  • Age UK in Vulcan Close, Whitstable, will be replaced by The Seasalter Christian Centre in Faversham Road, Seasalter
  • Windsor House in Belmont Road, Whitstable, will be replaced by Whitstable Town FC which is also  in Belmont Road
  • The church hall at The Broomfield United Reformed Church will be replaced by the church itself
  • Some people in Chislet and Sturry are now being asked to vote at Hersden Community Centre, The Avenue, Hersden, because of the creation of Hersden Parish Council

Returning officer and Canterbury City Council Chief Executive Colin Carmichael said: “The Electoral Services team does its utmost not to tweak voting arrangements but on very rare occasions a tweak is necessary.

“If voters have concerns about getting to the polling station, they can apply for a postal vote.

“When people have voted, we would be very interested in hearing their feedback about the polling station they visited. Email

“We would also be interested in suggestions for alternative venues.”

Residents affected by the boundary changes brought about because of the city council’s recent Community Governance Review of parish council boundaries will be written to explain where they should vote.

Published: 25 March 2019

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